I've struggled with this review for several days. I've considered, started, and then reconsidered all sorts of ways to express just how wrong "There's Something About Mary" was and how it was a betrayal to a variety of fans. This was just more than another bad, poorly written episode by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming. This was a breaking point for many fans and could be the point everyone looks to when they see a mass exodus of fans or an outright riot for change that goes straight to Mark Pedowitz. Or both. Either way, I'm one of the ranks that is furious and can't take this crap anymore.
I mean, this episode got so many people riled up that triggered a wave fan protest on Twitter with the hashtag #FireBuckLeming. There were so many tweets, that the topic actually trended. It surpassed #Supernatural at one point. This naturally caused other fans to speak out against such behavior as “cyberbulling” and bad fan behavior, which led to some online skirmishes. It got ugly.
Was the episode THAT bad? No, I think there have been worse. But it was bad enough because it's extremely disappointing and frustrating when we get something like this in episode 21 with two more episodes to go, especially when we've been waiting for something to happen all season long. The actions of the characters made no freaking sense, yet another senseless character death was used to generate an emotional reaction from Sam and Dean, even though just about everyone they have known dies, thus ruining all prior development that was put into said character, and there’s the really stupid stuff like how do Sam and Dean get mail delivered to a secret bunker no one is supposed to know about? How did Crowley, Mr. Ten Steps Ahead, let Lucifer get the better of him? He’s not that dumb. I can’t even talk about Mary Winchester without throwing things. The only promising scenario to come out of this is maybe Crowley the rat can finally hook up with Olivia the hamster.
I have more very, very angry thoughts coming on this week’s TV Fanatic Roundtable, so be sure to check that out. Otherwise, I’m never, ever watching this again. At this point, I’m skipping all of Season 12. I have zero interest in watching the final two episodes. Congrats to Andrew Dabb on his rookie season as showrunner for officially killing the show I once loved. You’ve mangled the Lamborghini buddy.
Supernatural in the news this week!
“You know, I was thinking about what Bishop said. About... What do you think out legacy is gonna be? When we're gone, I mean, after all the stuff we've done, you think folks will remember us? You know, like, a hundred years from now?”
Dean makes this statement at the end of “The Memory Remains,” and it has profound meaning. We all want to be remembered. We all want to know that over time---after we're no longer here---that we'll have left something behind that people will remember us for. It's human nature. We seek to find that meaning of life and need to build up our legacies. We all want to be the one that says proudly “Kilroy Was Here.” However, no matter how much money we make, no matter how many experiences we have, no matter the prestige we earn, at some point, we will die and there will only be fleeting memories left behind.
And so, Sam answers his question by stating, “Well, I mean... guys like us, we're not exactly the type of people they write about in history books, you know? But the people we saved, they're our legacy. And they'll remember us and then I guess... we'll eventually fade away, too. That's fine, because we left the world better than we found it, you know.”
The CW announced that it has renewed all of its shows for another season.